by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Commander Alan Scott said the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership Program has grown from strength to strength.
A newsletter was launched in Port Moresby today, signifying one year into the joint program. The first newsletter captures the achievements accomplished throughout the combined operations.
Following an agreement between the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments, 50 AFP officers were deployed to Lae and Port Moresby to work alongside member of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
The joint operation has seen more police visibility in the local communities and suburbs.
The operations have seen more community policing and foot patrols being conducted especially at the Gordons area.
This includes the refurbishing of other RPNGC facilities in Port Moresby Station and the commencement on work for the new Police Headquarters in Lae, Morobe Province.
The AFP team will be working closely with RPNGC to plan the security operations for the 2015 Pacific Games, 2017 National Elections and the 2018 APEC Summit.